Migratory German Bird Dies In Nyamira
A migratory bird of German origin, believed to have flown over 6000 miles, died in Irianyi-Omogonchoro village in Nyamira County, Western Kenya.
Kefa Obaga, the bird’s custodian, stated that he picked up the bird on 7th April 2022 at around 9:00 pm from a garden near his home when it fell while he was walking home.
According to him, the bird collided with electricity main grid wires, injuring one of its wings and rendering it unable to fly further.
Obaga described how he initially mistook them for Kenya Power and Lighting Company employees working on power lines, only to discover they were a bird with label tags on its leg lying helplessly.
Obaga rescued the tall white bird with black spots on its shoulders due to tags stuck on both legs.
“I was headed home that night and a few meters to my house, I heard a striking sound of sparks from the electricity main grid. At first, I thought it was a power technician working on the power line.
“After some seconds, I heard a thudding sound on the ground and curiosity made me move closer to the scene and was surprised to find a bird which I had never seen before tagged on one of its legs. I picked it and kept it at my home for a week until it died yesterday night,” he said.
Obaga stated that he is still holding the remains of the tourist bird and is requesting that the Kenya Wildlife Services or any other relevant authorities contact him and retrieve the bird for preservation at the Museums.
The bird, with the identification tag code X6N33, is thought to be of German origin and was discovered on Hiddensee Island in the Baltic Sea, west of Germany’s largest island, Rugen.
According to reports, the bird flew 6,235 kilometres from its home country of Germany to Kenya.